NASVI Campaigns for Police Accountability in Light of Mumbai Evictions

January 2013

The National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) has launched a nationwide “anti-police terror campaign” after a street vendor in Mumbai died during a police raid on 11 January. According to news reports, more than 4,500 hawkers were evicted over a three-day stretch in Mumbai.

Despite India’s National Policy on Urban Street Vending, which calls for dedicated hawking zones and licensing systems, only a small fraction of Mumbai’s vendors hold licenses. The rest are subject to police harassment and eviction drives such as the one that took place in late January.

As part of its campaign against arbitrary police action, NASVI coordinated a human chain at Parliament Street in Delhi on 20 January, demanding a murder charge against the Assistant Commissioner of Police whose actions are thought to have led to the fruit vendor’s death. Meanwhile, NASVI is continuing its ongoing campaign to push for a central law on street vending. A bill was introduced in Parliament in September and is expected to become an Act in the forthcoming budget session.

Photo: BBC News, India

More news on the Mumbai evictions:

Kala Ghoda Festival, Hawkers And Use of Public Space.
Countercurrents.org, 04 February 2013

Stalled: face-off between hawkers and the Maharashtra state.
Hindustan Times, 03 February 2013.

Mumbai's Hawkers: We Don't Even Know How to Deal with Them.
Firstpost, 01 February 2013

India Street Vendors Fight for Their Rights.
BBC News, 28 January 2013.

Protest Rally Over the Killing of Mumbai-Based Hawker.
Times of India, 24 January 2013

The Ghosts Who Hawk in Mumbai.
Mumbai Mirror, 23 January 2013.

Street Vendors to Protest Against Hawker's Death in Mumbai.
The Hindu, 20 Jan 2013.

Mumbai: 4,500 Hawkers Evicted Over Last Three Days.
Hindustan Times, 19 January 2013

Cops Widen Anti-Hawker Drive to Dadar, Crawford Market, Chembur.
Times of India, 18 January 2013

In Biggest Raid, Prime Bandra Road Evicted of Hawkers.
Times of India, 16 January 2013